Friday, May 24, 2024

Derby Days and Brunch Bests

Dress for the Derby, and sip mint juleps on the ocean

The women should wear their best Derby hats, and everyone should be ready for some mint juleps, as Oceans 234 celebrates the Kentucky Derby on May 7. The horses will run on the screen at Oceans 234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539) at 11:30 a.m., and you can cheer on your favorite while sipping on complimentary mint juleps and nibbling on passed hors d’oeuvress—if you dress in your Derby best. Watching the biggest horse race oceanside is the best of both worlds.

A first, but not a last: First Watch for brunch

It’s brunch time already, with the weekend looming. We discovered a new, fun place to brunch, with good food and coffee. It’s First Watch, a national chain with restaurants in 17 states, but it’s a chain with a difference—they use fresh, seasonal, local produce, and you can tell that from their menu.

They also sell their own coffee, and the reason is that it’s that good. Oh, and they serve pots of coffee, not just cups. In Palm Beach County alone, there are locations in Boca Raton (two), West Palm Beach (I’ve been twice to the new one at the Palm Beach Outlet Mall, pictured), Wellington and Jupiter. There are also complimentary newspapers to read and wifi access. They only serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, and they’re open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The first restaurant opened in 1983 in California, so these should stick around awhile. Dishes include “The Healthier Side” (the avocado toast, $8.49, is terrific), “Egg-Sclusives,” omelets and frittatas, “Power Bowls” and from the griddle. I think the lemon ricotta pancakes are in my future, too. They have sides and small plates, salads, sandwiches and lunch special combos. Did I mention it’s fresh? It tastes that way.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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